I had been very lazy, I mean even more then usual. I did however, get the chance to see some of the movies that I have been putting off for a while.
Of course, in view of my pledge to practice writing everyday, here are my reviews and opinions on a few of them. I think that I can make a brilliant mother-in-law after writing this criticism.
<Start movie critic impersonation>"Smoking Aces"
- All right, I'll admit I wanted to see it for the guns and Ryan Reynolds. I consider most mobster movies my 'light' entertainment. I was disappointed . It had all the right actors, an intriguing storyline - at least in the beginning, the right setting for the genre and a believable introduction. Buddy "Aces" Israel is about to turn in the mafia bosses in return for some protection from the FBI once he testifies. The understandably annoyed mafia boss, has declared open season on the small-time magician-turned-junior-mafia-boss-
turning-to-snitch with a very hefty bounty.
The various mercenaries gather to reap the 6-figure 'reward', unfortunately, they shoot more of each other then even getting close to their 'prey'. The movie starts great as I mentioned, unfortunately it degenerates into flashy moves and lots of gunfire, and by the time the director remembers to explain the storyline, the audience is so overwhelmed by the constant gunfire that the story twist does not stand a chance to make the same impact as it should. Still, the movie does work albeit with a far lesser impression than intended. It has a Tarantinesqque feel, easy way to spend about 1.5 hours trying to figure out who is shooting who.
In brutally honest conclusion, it shows it has great potential in the beginning, but this potential is lost among the smoking guns and the numerous cast.
Staying with smoke, another movie I finally managed to watch is "Thank you for smoking"
. It is a deliciously brilliant satire about Tobacco spokesman who is trying to do his job and still remain a role model to his 12 year old son. It is a tongue-in-cheek comedy from the point of view of the bad guys, those lobbyists who are for smoking, and firearms, and alcohol, and all the legal vices that those righteous US Senators are trying to stop the public indulging in. The lead character fights for the 'disfranchised corporations; for the sweatshop owner; for the lumberjack and even the seal poacher'. Just as funny are his friends, the representatives from the Moderation For Alcohol Alliance and the Firearm Safety Council, together they are MOD - Merchants Of Death. Persuasion is the key and overzealous 'virtuous' politicians simply do not win, because morals are for sale and everyone is doing it 'for the mortgage'. This movie is funny, unrepentant and has no problem redefining the bad guys.
I have to mention "Click"
, it presented itself as a sweet family comedy with futuristic premise. This drivel encompasses every cliche in the family comedy repertoire, the writers did not even bother to recycle the lines! Despite Adam Sandler's best efforts to make it palatable, the overused jokes, the stereotyped characters that could have been easily replaced by cardboard cutouts, and the cheap humour do more then murder the movie, they bury it 60 feet under as well. This movie in my humble opinion, should be watched in the same manner the lead character views his life, with the finger firmly on the Fast Forward button. Yeech!
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Back to the grindstone I suppose.